CHAMPASAK PROVINCE, Laos – For three days this week, the Lao government and the Malaysian company behind the 240-MW Don Sahong dam project pulled out all the stops to sell the project to a group of skeptical officials from neighboring Cambodia and Vietnam. The visitors were treated to lavish meals at a five-star hotel in Pakse, replete with shark-fin soup and roasted duck. Monday night’s agenda featured a dinner with free-flowing Beerlao and whiskey for guests, who were entertained by women performing traditional Lao dances.